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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
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FDCA is the only business association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida:

  • Focused on meeting your unique needs.

  • Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

  • With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

  • Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

  • Advocating to improve your business climate.

  • Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
FDCA Directors bring together decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

Director, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Chairman, Noel McCormick
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
FDCA leads a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries. Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Facts about Florida's defense industry.

Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):

FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.

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  • Overall Benefits
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  • Affordable Dues
Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:

Full Public Membership Directory
Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership dues:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Specific benefits to fit your unique business:

Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Affordable dues for every business size:

Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000
$10 M to $20 M $1000
$5 M to $10 M $500
$2.5 M to $5 M $250
up to $2.5 M $175
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Business development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.

  • Your Audience
  • Feature Events
  • Networking Events
  • Webinars
FDCA's audience is your audience. You have many options, and your time is valuable.

Your audience attends our events, which are specifically designed for defense businesses, so you receive a better return on your time and resources investment:

Decision Makers:
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
and more.
Prime contractors
Small to Large Businesses
from every area of Florida
FDCA conducts four Feature Events a year, throughout Florida and Washington DC.

First Coast Defense Expo
Fall 2015, Jacksonville, FL
Registration Closed
Florida Defense Day
Winter 2016, Tallahassee, FL
Registration Closed
FL Defense Industry Leadership Summit
May 26, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Information and Registration
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 23, 2015, Washington, DC
Register Now
FDCA Member Only Event
Networking Events provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience. Attend locally or make your way around the state and expand your connections. You're invited!

Webinars are efficient tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business.

Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex Florida's business climate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:

  • Defense Works in Florida
  • Unemployment Insurance Relief
Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates


Your business may or may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital work.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pentagon acquisition reforms coming soon, chairman says - TheHill

"The first wave of proposals meant to the revamp the Defense Department’s buying policies likely will be released this spring, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said on Tuesday.

However, observers shouldn’t “expect everything to be solved in a single bound,” he said.

“There is not going to be a 2,000-page bill that resolves acquisition. It does not exist. Nobody is that smart," Thornberry said after a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Instead, the suggestions could be incorporated into this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, but only after first getting feedback from government and industry, he said."

Pentagon acquisition reforms coming soon, chairman says | TheHill

Gulf Power, Military Bringing Large Scale Solar Power To Area -

"Gulf Power is partnering with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to build solar energy farms at three different facilities across Northwest Florida. Today, the utility submitted the renewable projects to the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) for approval. The projects could be in service as early as December 2016.

“This is an important collaboration between Gulf Power, the Navy and the Air Force,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. “As military installations seek solutions to promote renewable energy generation, we have worked alongside our military customers to help provide cost-effective solutions — and all our customers will reap the benefit.”

This is Gulf Power’s second alternative energy project since launching the 3.2-megawatt Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility in 2010. Together, these new solar facilities, which will be developed by HelioSage Energy, could produce enough energy to power approximately 18,000 homes for one year."

Gulf Power, Military Bringing Large Scale Solar Power To Area :

F-35 jet is said to be on track to meet U.S. combat use targets - Yahoo News

"Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet is on track both to meet the Marine Corps's July target to declare the jet ready for combat use and to meet the Air Force's target date a year later, top U.S. military officials said Thursday.

The F-35 B-model, which can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter, was making good progress and should meet the Marine Corp's target for initial combat use, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters after a speech at the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told a separate news conference at the Pentagon that he was confident the Air Force would meet its target date of declaring the F-35 A-model ready for initial combat use by August to December 2016."

F-35 jet is said to be on track to meet U.S. combat use targets - Yahoo News

DoD Seeks 10-year Extension of Small Business Mentoring Program - DOD News

"The Defense Department intends to request a 10-year extension of a program that improves the ability of socioeconomically disadvantaged small businesses to compete for defense contracts, the program’s manager said yesterday.

The Small Business Mentor-Protege Program began in 1991 as a way to foster small businesses and improve technology transfer between the Defense Department and industry, Robert Stewart said in a DoD News interview.

Despite having been in existence for nearly 25 years, the program is still categorized as a pilot and must be reauthorized in a National Defense Authorization Act every few years, he said." News Article: DoD Seeks 10-year Extension of Small Business Mentoring Program

Florida SBDC Network, Enterprise Florida to Sign MOU - Florida SBDC Network

"The Florida SBDC Network and Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a signing ceremony Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel Tallahassee, solidifying a partnership to assist Florida-based companies tap into overseas markets.

Under the agreement, the Florida SBDC and EFI, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, are offering a scholarship export assistance program to qualified “new and infrequent export” manufacturers and professional service providers to meet with a Florida SBDC International Trade Specialist to prepare a customized export marketing plan."

Florida SBDC Network, Enterprise Florida to Sign MOU - Florida SBDC Network

New Chairman Says Congress Proven Right for Upgrading Abrams Tanks -

"The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee defended a host of controversial decisions made by Congress that went against the Pentagon's recommendation – namely paying to upgrade Abrams tanks, keep the A-10 alive, and stifle stiffer pay and benefits decreases.

Rep. William McClellan "Mac" Thornberry, R-Texas, set out an agenda Tuesday that signaled another year of budget conflict with the White House and Pentagon on issues ranging from pay and benefits to retention of the A-10 and upgrades for Army tanks.

"Some people expect lawmakers to just cut the check and not ask too many questions," Thornberry, R-Texas said at the American Enterprise Institute. "But Congress should not give any president a blank check, nor should Congress be a rubber stamp.""

New Chairman Says Congress Proven Right for Upgrading Abrams Tanks |

Bill Johnson named Enterprise Florida chief - Bradenton Herald

"Miami-Dade's longtime port chief -- and current head of the water-and-sewer department -- was named Thursday to head Florida's economic-development arm.

Bill Johnson succeeds Gray Swoope as CEO of Enterprise Florida, a post that also came with the title of Commerce Secretary (Jeb Bush's first state job).

"You'll see me in the Panhandle. You'll see me in the Keys. You'll see me in Jacksonville," Johnson told the Enterprise Florida board at Thursday's meeting. "You'll see me around the state. You'll see me listening.""

Bill Johnson named Enterprise Florida chief | Business | Bradenton Herald

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida, awarded $28,246,765

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $28,246,765 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Korea, Indonesia, Qatar, Singapore) multi-year contract with options for 320 Launchers and 4 Launcher Electronic Assembly (LEAs) in support of the Joint Attack Munitions Systems (JAMS) M299 HELLFIRE launchers, spares and engineering support . Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017. Contracts for Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Harris Corp., Government Communications Systems, Palm Bay, Florida, awarded $15,931,358

Harris Corp., Government Communications Systems, Palm Bay, Florida, has been awarded a $15,931,358 modification (P00194) to previously awarded contract FA8819-08-C-0001 for Space Control Depot support. The contractor will provide depot and sustainment engineering, repairable and disposable item management, stock, storage and issuance of spares, hardware and software maintenance and other activities. Work will be performed at Palm Bay, Florida, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2016. Contracts for Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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